Pamela A. Hawkins

Office: For Judge of the Eighth District Court of Appeals
Term Beginning 2/11/2021

Age: 54

Residence: Highland Hts.



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Occupation: Attorney

Education: JD from Cleveland Marshall College of Law; M.S,S,A, from Case Western Reserve University; M.Ed. from Cleveland State University; B.A. from Harding University

Work Experience: Private Practice Attorney 2015 to present, focus criminal, juvenile, family and appellate law; 12/2010 to 3/2015 Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, Children & Family Services unit; 2006 to 2010 Private Practice: bankruptcy, criminal, probate, juvenile and family law.

Family: Single no children

Affiliations: Church of Christ at Forest Hill

Endorsements: Cuyahoga County Republican Party

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(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
I have no judicial experience.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I have been a practicing trial attorney for over 16 years. During that time I have represented adults, children, parents and been an Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor in the Children and Family Services Unit. My areas of practice include appeals, bankruptcy, probate, adult criminal, juvenile delinquency, private custody, and children’s services cases.

As a trial attorney, I have learned the skills required to prepare a case for trial and identify potential issues for appeal. I have prepared over a dozen appellate briefs and argued those cases before the 8th and 9th District Courts of Appeals. Practicing appellate law provides the opportunity to carefully analyze the law and the actions of the various parties involved in a case. Writing an appellate brief has given me the opportunity to fine tune my legal analysis skills and identify errors that resulted in a potential miscarriage of justice. I bring a wealth of experience and knowledge that will benefit the Court and people of Cuyahoga County. I believe that my experience will bring added depth to the Court.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
The 8th District Court of Appeals is one of the busiest appellate courts in the state of Ohio. My knowledge and experience will not only add depth to the court but significant experience working with disenfranchised and low-income people who have difficulty access the court system and obtaining justice.

My practice has given me the perspective of plaintiff, defendant, and prosecutor. I believe that running for the 8th District Court of Appeals is the next logical step. It is a court that I practice in and am familiar with how the court operates. At this time, I believe that this is the best way for me to continue to serve the people of Cuyahoga County.